The museum is located in the heart of Gorssel in the province of Gelderland in The Netherlands. Construction will start in the spring of 2013 and the museum is expected to open in the spring of 2015. Hans Melchers, new owner of the Dutch paintings from the DS Art collection, commissioned Amsterdam based Hans van Heeswijk Architects to design the New Museum for Realistic Art.
The museum will be housed in the former town hall of Gorssel. The former town hall will undergo a transformation with new wings for galleries behind the former town hall. The existing monumental town hall built in 1914 is retained and will form part of the museum brief. In this part the museum brasserie and auditorium will be located. The museum will be a pavilion-like building of two floors with strategic vistas to the park-like environment in which it will be set. Besides exhibiting the permanent collection, the building also houses spaces for temporary exhibitions.
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The design is clearly recognizable as the architecture of Hans van Heeswijk, which is characterized by a clear and surprising spaciousness and a high level of finish.
Van Heeswijk is also the architect of Hermitage Amsterdam and the Graphic Design Museum (now Museum of the Image) in Breda. His design for The Mauritshuis in The Hague is currently under construction with a new grand entrance hall under the forecourt and additional museum spaces and facilities in the adjacent building at the Plein square. Last September, the new town hall of Lansingerland in Bergschenhoek near Rotterdam was finished.